+ What is a Smart City?
Smart City is not a precise concept nor is it a product. Rather, it is a collection of technologies applied in novel ways, that improve the efficacy and efficiency of services such that the community and businesses benefit.
+ What are LPWANs, LoRa and LoRaWAN?
A crucial technology that powers Smart Cities is low power WANs (LPWAN). These allow thousands of sensors to submit data to underpin new and improved services. A leading LPWAN is LoRaWAN. It offers extremely low cost of entry together with a large global community of developers, products and experience. LoRa is the link layer communication protocols
+ What was the purpose of the kickstarting event?
We believe that there is an opportunity to build local expertise by implementing ‘minimal viable products’ (MVP) to explore and prove the capability of this technology. Whilst the components are affordable for hobbyists (and many are already using them), building meaningful applications requires co-operation and co-ordination of a number of elements. This is a role we believe can be fulfilled by a community of interested parties collaborating and with modest amounts of support and funding from local organisations, significant progress will be made. We are convinced that having the understanding and a skilled pool of people will position the regional a whole and individual organisations to drive tangible financial benefits.
We want this region to be reap benefits from the technology as quickly as possible.
+ What is special about Hull and East Yorkshire?
Hull / East Yorkshire has a number of useful and unique advantages:
+ What are the benefits of the proposed programme?
Benefits from the proposed programme will include:
+ What is LoRa good for?
LoRa is good for:
+ What is LoRa not good for?
LoRa is not good for:
+ What Infrastructure is available?
Hull already has:
+ What interest was shown?
+ What is going to happen now?
+ What is The Things Network?
The Things Network is a global, crowdsourced, open, free and decentralized internet of things network.
The Things Network is building a network for the Internet of Things by creating abundant data connectivity, so applications and businesses can flourish.
The technology we use is called LoRaWAN and it allows for things to talk to the internet without 3G or WiFi. So no WiFi codes and no mobile subscriptions.
It features low battery usage, long range and low bandwidth. Perfect for the internet of things.
There are over 3100 gateways provided by 300+ communities around the world. Hull is one of those "Things Network Communities", although it is still in its early stages.
A handful of people can install a few gateways and provide coverage for a whole city in less than 6 months. These gateways then conect to The Things Network WAN where data packets get securely routed to their intended application.